I drew my first hydrometer sample last night, and it was delicious - even my wife agreed. It was also not at all what I expected (I had never had a mild before). This was my first time working with several ingredients though, especially the Fuggles hops.
What surprised me was a really strong fruity aroma and taste, even though I fermented the beer quite cool (at 67 degrees using Safale-04, which I unintentionally subbed for the Nottingham). My first reaction was "did I use Cascade in this beer?", although it was a bit more along the lines of cantaloupe than grapefruit - a bit floral, as well. My wife, who is quite uneducated in beer tasting, also noted that it struck her as fruity.
So what am I tasting/smelling? Is is the Fuggles, is it the yeast, and more importantly, does the original recipe have a similar flavor and aroma profile?
The Fiesty(sic) Goat Brewery est. 2007 & Clusterfuggle Experimental Ales est. 2009
Planned: Dark Mild w/ 002, Dark Mild w/ 028, sLambic II, Flanders Red II
Primary: Fat Man Porter w/ 1469, Fat Man Porter w/ 005, sLambic I
Secondary: Orange Blossom Mead, Flanders Red I
Kegged: Centennial Falcon w/ Conan, Centennial Falcon w/ Denny's, Barrel-aged Fat Man Porter, Belgian Dark Strong, Huell Melon Pale Ale
Bottled: Flanders Red I